In an endeavour to improve the healthcare system, The National Health Authority has signed a MoU with Quality Council of India, initiating a digital certification for impaneled hospitals in the country.
The initiative will help the hospitals to get fast-track certification while enhancing healthcare services, a statement said.
The joint venture between NHA and QCI will create a network of quality healthcare providers by facilitating 7,000 empanelled hospitals by December 2021.
“The MoU seeks to put in place a simple, swift, transparent and paperless mechanism to encourage the hospitals to apply for certification,” the statement said.
Under this initiative, there will be three levels of AB-PMJAY quality certifications — Bronze, Silver and Gold being the highest level of certification.
Commenting on this initiative, Indu Bhushna, CEO of AB-PMJAY and NHA, said, “There is an urgent need to help hospitals to get certified to improve the quality healthcare ecosystem in the country. NHA, therefore, has decided to collaborate with QCI and use its well-established systems, skills and credibility for hospital certification. This will boost confidence of beneficiaries in the quality of care being provided under the scheme.”
The National Health Authority is also keeping an eye on the treatment outcomes being achieved by the empanelled hospitals.
Also, certified hospitals by national or international accredited bodies can also benefit from this initiative.
“At every step, QCI will be NHA’s partner to achieve the goal of certification of hospitals across India. The joint initiative will definitely help the country in achieving the goal of quality healthcare,” Adil Zainulbhai, Chairman of QCI, said.
Over 15,223 hospitals and healthcare providers have been empanelled across the country to provide healthcare services as per these schemes. Around 3.65 crore e-cards have been issued to the beneficiaries and 28.11 lakh people have availed treatment worth Rs 3,785 crore.